A Vast Array of Titles
You provide the interest, we provide the books. If you love books - this is the place.
We have new releases, best sellers, and eclectic literary gems, but also a wide variety of gently used and discounted books in all genres. We're also happy to fulfill customer special orders, including hard-to-find and out-of-print titles.
WE LOVE KIDS !
...and kids love books.
We even have a kids nook tucked away just for that hideaway feeling kids love when they read.
We have a big selection of new and used childrens books to choose from.
And when their attention shifts we have toys, blocks and other fun stuff to keep them stimulated.
Several times a month, we host book readings & signings in the store (and sometimes elsewhere too!).
These events are always free, open to the public, and a wonderful way to connect with authors and fellow readers.
If you can't make an event, but are interested in a signed or personalized copy of a book, give us a call and we will set aside a signed copy for you!
Serving the university and our diverse community with new and used books, unique gifts, toys, notebooks, journals, trail guides, graphic novels, coloring books, doodle pads and surprising finds of all kinds - for all ages!
LOCATED RIGHT IN THE HEART OF NEW PALTZ A SHORT WALK FROM THE UNIVERSITY AND NEAR ALL THE UNIQUE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS
FALL IN LOVE!
With a book or another book lover.
No matter who or what, love is all around our bookstore with books for everyone!
NEW PALTZ, NY
Looking for a new home for your used books? At Inquiring Minds, we buy books back for either cash or store credit.
RECYCLE, RE-PURPOSE, DONATE, TRADE
These books are waiting for you at Inquiring Minds Bookstore New Paltz!
Dear Mr. You
by Mary-Louise Parker
A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning acress Mary Louise-Parker. Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman's life through letters addressed to various men and boys in Parker's life - everyone from her grandfather to a taxi driver, to an amalgam of three bad boyfriends that she dubs Cerberus.
The New York Times says, "Parker is a woman blessed with social intelligence and great sensitivity to detail, who treasures genuine emotion over empty posturing and lives according to instinct and intuition."
by Bucky Sinister
Reminiscent of Philip K. Dick on drugs, with a splash of pop culture, Black Hole starts out as a mostly realist novel about being a drug addict in San Francisco, and realizing that not only are you suddenly not 21 any more, but also the city has changed a lot in the past 20 years while you were on a bender. For main character Chuck, reality is hard to pin down, even while working for a biotech startup that clones miniature whales for insanely wealthy people. Brilliant prose propels the story as Chuck bounces between increasingly-alarming adventures fueled by strange drugs that seem to distort time and space...
*We Support local schools! We offer discounts on purchase orders,and provide books and staffing for fundraising book fairs throughout the Hudson Valley. Plus, students and educators receive a 15% discount! (Senior citizens receive 10% OFF. too!)
The Tsar of Love and Techno
by Anthony Marra
Beginning in the tunnels beneath Leningrad and ending at the edge of the solar system, The Tsar of Love and Techno stretches across a century, a continent, and a striking cast of characters tied together by an obscure 19th-century Russian painting.
Beautifully-written, with heartwarming relationships, these interlocking short stories help us find beauty and humor within the bleakness of everyday life.
One Book/One New Paltz - our annual community read ran from November 13-20th, and was once again a success - thank you to all who organized and participated! This year the book selection was '$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America', a revelatory account of poverty here in the U.S. For one week, New Paltz delved into the book and shared different perspectives, discussed experiences, listened to a multitude of viewpoints, broadened and expanded our understanding, and perhaps even emerged slightly transformed.
As a community, we look forward to this yearly interchange of ideas. One Book/One New Paltz promotes fellowship through thoughtful discussion and stimulates engaged multi-layered perspectives - just the kind of back and forth of ideas that is energizing to a community.
'$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America' can be purchased at Inquiring Minds Bookstore, 6 Church St. in New Paltz for the discounted price of $12.
For a complete list of this year's One Book/One New Paltz events, visit: onebookonenewpaltz.com, follow @OBONP on Instagram and Twitter and join facebook.com/groups/OBONP.
Remember to shop local, and build our community - Locally owned businesses contribute to build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, providing avenues of free expression and education, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes, enriching the whole community!
by John Langan
In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true.
The Fisherman is a tale of dark pacts, of long-buried secrets, and of a mysterious figure who compels our hero's to face all that they have lost, and with the price they must pay to regain it.
Thank you everyone for once again making One Book / One New Paltz a rousing success
Hear I am: A Novel
by Jonathan Safran Foer
Foer’s first novel in 11 years - In this instant NYTimes Bestseller existential questions are asked during four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C.,
'Here I Am' is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. Fundamental questions are at stake - how much aliveness one can bear?
“Dazzling . . . A profound novel about the claims of identity, history, family, and the burdens of a broken world.” ― NPR’s “Fresh Air”
The Nix: A Novel
by Nathan Hill
Another NYTimes Bestseller, from the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond - The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love between a mother and son, even in times of radical change.
Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen
Revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.
More Staff Picks
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead
From #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
Upstream: Selected Essays
by Mary Oliver
Upstream follows revered poet Mary Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty.
Minds of New Paltz
Jennifer DuBois Bruntil is program coordinator for Historic Huguenot Street, and – just in case you missed that name – is a 12th generation descendant of Louis DuBois, one of the original New Paltz Huguenot patentees.
As a New Paltz community we are so fortunate to not just live in a majestic area – but a historically significant one as well, and thanks to DuBois Bruntil, the story of the Huguenots’ arrival in New Paltz in the early 18th century has become more accessible and engaging to young and old alike. DuBois Bruntil launched a now successful Kickstarter campaign – her children’s book Hugo the Huguenot will be published, and it’s
not too late for you to get a copy, as well as other incentives like original paintings from the book. Just under 2 weeks remain for us to support this gorgeous and worthwhile local endeavor - (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/652098140/hugo-the-huguenot).
The story of Hugo the Huguenot developed organically over time as DuBois Bruntil would explain the story to kids of all ages - preschool to high school at Historic Huguenot Street. She made the drawn-character Hugo, to represent all Huguenots, and would describe his journey from France to Germany and finally here to the New World. “Instead of facts, it became a story,” she said. “I was always trying to bring it back to what the kids know – when we talk about the Native Americans and the Lenape people, that’s a recognizable word to them. The boat was the Gilded Otter – the kids recognize those names.”
The book also chronicles the trade made between the Native Americans and Huguenots for 40,000 acres, and DuBois Bruntil said she was careful to remain historically accurate and respectful to the Native Americans. “A lot of research went into the way everyone was depicted,” she said. “How everyone would have dressed and even what the river looked like.”
The story began as a poem, and she tweaked it over time, finally connecting with local illustrator Matthew Kelly, who was just as excited to get the story out. “We had a vision,” said DuBois Bruntil. “We didn’t want the artwork to be cartoony, but authentic and respectful. I’m a teacher at heart (DuBois Bruntil used to teach 6th grade history and science in New Paltz), and I’m always thinking how would I teach it and how would kids receive it.”
Hugo the Huguenot is delightfully told in rhyme, engaging and historically exciting, the illustrations are dreamy, colorful watercolor depictions – really this is a story for everyone. It’s a local story from a local teacher and ancestor, with artwork by a local artist, and it will even be printed locally.
“Even though I never saw myself as an author,” said DuBois Bruntil. “There has been so much excitement, encouragement and support I began to think, ‘I can do this.’ It’s a good feeling to put yourself in the community and receive such a tremendous response. This has been a positive experience for me all the way through.”